Using Silicone Lubricants with Silicone Toys
What you need to know
Silicone lubricants are super slick & long-lasting, making them a great choice for sex toys. You may have heard not to use silicone lubricants with silicone sex toys, but there’s a bit more to it. Here’s what you need to know to keep your toys ready for the next big game.
Silicone Lubricants Are Safe
For Non-Porous Sex Toys
If you only have one lube on your nightstand, SLICK.SEXY recommends silicone for its safety, effectiveness, and value.
We especially like silicone lubricants for sex toys because they’re super slick and never completely dry, so your always protected from friction burns. And they never get tacky or ropey even with multiple applications the way water-based lubes can.
Silicone lubricants ARE safe to use with non-porous materials. This includes glass, metal, hard plastic, wood, and toys made from 100% medical-grade silicone.
Is My Toy 100% Medical Grade Silicone?
The problem is that not all ‘silicone’ toys are 100% medical-grade silicone. Some are a blend of materials including silicone. These toys are porous and using a silicone or oil-based lubricant can ruin them.
Makers of high-quality toys – like Tantus – state what a toy is made of and how to care for it.
You know you have a 100% medical-grade silicone toy when the manufacturer specifically says so or the toy can be sterilized – meaning it can be bleached, boiled, or placed in the dishwasher.
Only non-porous toys can be sterilized and silicone lubricants are safe for all non-porous materials.
Not sure what a toy is made of?
Sometimes you just don’t know what a toy is made of. Here, the best options are:
Cover the toy with a condom – This is a great safer-sex practice in any case and can protect your toy from more than just lube.
Do a patch test – Put a small amount of lube somewhere on the toy where it won’t cause a problem and wait a while. If the area becomes tacky or gummy, don’t use that lubricant with that toy.
Use water-based lubricants instead – Water-based formulas are the safest choice for materials that may be porous.
What about oil-based lubricants?
You may have heard that oil-based lubricants can also damage silicone sex toys. This is a MYTH – like silicone, plant oils ARE safe for non-porous materials including 100% medical grade silicone sex toys.
Want proof? Check out Dangerous Lilly’s Coconut Oil and Silicone Sex Toys.
Disinfecting Silicone Toys
One of the best parts about 100% medical-grade silicone toys is that they can be disinfected (as compared to sanitized).
Boil it – Use a large pot with a lid. Place a rack at the bottom of the pot, lay your toy on the rack, and cover with water. Over low heat, bring the water to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and let boil for 10 minutes. Use tongs to remove the toy from the water and allow to cool naturally.
Bleach it – Mix 1 gallon of cool water with 1/2 cup of household bleach. Submerge your toy for 2 minutes. Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
Throw it in the dishwasher – We actually don’t recommend this, but if you do, ensure your dishwasher is clean and that it reaches a high temperature. Don’t use dishwasher soap or finishing products like Jet-Dry. And don’t wash it along with last night’s dinner plates. Allow toy to cool and air-dry.
Storing Silicone Toys
Once clean and dry, store silicone toys in a zip-lock bag with a few tablespoons of cornstarch – it keeps things like towel lint & hair from sticking.
Store toys in a way that lets them rest in their natural shape.
MYTH: Despite what the internet tells you, it’s perfectly fine to store silicone toys touching one another.
Silicone Lubricants We Recommend
Our mission is to help you find better, safer lubricants that do what you need them to do – we hope this helps! Has a lube every ruined one of your toys? Got a favorite silicone toy or lubricant you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below ?